House of Commons Hansard #67 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was infrastructure.

Topics

Champlain Bridge
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Hoang Mai Brossard—La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, since the announcement of the construction of the new Champlain Bridge over two months ago, families in Montreal and the south shore are still in the dark and have yet to be consulted. We still do not know what the real costs of the project will be or whether there will be any rapid and efficient public transportation on the new bridge. What is most concerning is that we still have no timeline.

Will the government finally show some transparency and give us a timeline for the new Champlain Bridge?

Champlain Bridge
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean
Québec

Conservative

Denis Lebel Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, it was an honour for me to announce a new bridge over the St. Lawrence on October 5, thanks to the work of this government and our Prime Minister.

While the official opposition is looking to shut down bridges in Montreal, we are promising to open them and to work on them. We recently met with business people, chambers of commerce and mayors from both sides of the St. Lawrence. We will continue to work with them to come up with a plan that makes sense and that will address the needs of the public.

Federal Government
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

André Bellavance Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, with Christmas fast approaching, Quebeckers have nothing to celebrate considering the federal government's actions. Reducing Quebec's political weight, withdrawing from Kyoto, scrapping the data from the gun registry, imposing a costly and regressive justice model, weakening copyright and undermining our culture, abandoning the Davie workers, appointing unilingual anglophones to key positions, and even idolizing the monarchy all fly in the face of the values of Quebeckers.

Given such a poor performance and so many affronts, will the Prime Minister admit that he has written off Quebec and that recognizing the Quebec nation was simply a smokescreen?

Federal Government
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)

Mr. Speaker, we presented an economic action plan that has had extraordinary spinoffs for the entire country. We managed to make it through the recession and fared better than most countries. Some 600,000 net new jobs have been created in Canada. That party voted against the budget we proposed in the previous Parliament. Now they are relegated to the far corner of the House. That is a clear message from the people that they want a government that can handle the economy and create jobs. That is what we did. We also resolved the matter of harmonizing the GST and QST. Those are real issues. We are delivering the goods.

Federal Government
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

That concludes question period for today. I know there are a couple of points of order, and we will get to them.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of the Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism and Parks and Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport for New Brunswick.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I would also like to draw to the attention of all hon. members that Mr. Rob Walsh, our Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, will be taking a well-deserved retirement early in the new year, after more than 20 years of faithful and dedicated service to the House, including 18 years as a table officer.

He has provided wise counsel to the House, its committees, the Board of Internal Economy, and many individual members over the years.

Mr. Walsh is sitting at the table right now and I know you will all join me in saluting his long and successful career on Parliament Hill.

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

December 14th, 2011 / 3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

There may be a couple of points of order. I see the hon. member for Papineau rising and I think I will recognize him first.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
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3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, during question period the Minister of the Environment chided the member of Parliament for Halifax for not having attended the conference in Durban after he prevented any members of the opposition from attending in Durban. Therefore, I lost my temper and used language that was most decidedly unparliamentary. For that I unreservedly apologize and I withdraw my remarks.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
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3:10 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, I too rise on a point of order. I understand that the third party, the Liberal rump, is somewhat out of sorts as this government corrects one of the biggest blunders the previous Liberal government ever made.

I am not particularly troubled by the unparliamentary language hurled at me by the member of Parliament for Papineau, but I believe he owes this House an abject apology--

Oral Questions
Points of Order
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3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I believe the hon. member for Papineau just did that.

The hon. member for St. John's South—Mount Pearl.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
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3:10 p.m.

NDP

Ryan Cleary St. John's South—Mount Pearl, NL

Mr. Speaker, I wish to apologize for using a word that I have been told is unparliamentary. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans asked a question. He asked this House whether he looked like a bully. I merely answered his question. I would answer the question the same way if he asked it again.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
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3:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

I am afraid that is not an acceptable retraction, so the hon. member may have some difficulty getting recognized until he decides that he may want to respect the House.

Is the hon. member for Malpeque rising on a different point of order, or the same point?